Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals: Beat writers make predictions
Dave Birkett and Bob McManaman share thoughts, predictions on Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals, coming Sept. 27, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. Filmed Sept. 22.
Free Press sports writers predict the Detroit Lions game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. in Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season:
Cardinals 28, Lions 24: The Lions should be a lot healthier this week and should get a boost from the expected return of Kenny Golladay. The defense will improve and get its first takeaway, but Kyler Murray at home is a little too much for the Lions to overcome.
Cardinals 27, Lions 24: A year ago in Arizona, the Lions blew an 18-point in the fourth. It became a theme of the season that’s carried into this season. It will happen again in the desert.
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Cardinals 33, Lions 27: The Lions and Cardinals appear to be going in different directions as a team. The Lions have blown double-digit leads in their last four losses dating back to last season and are staring down the barrel of a winless September if they can’t spring the upset Sunday. The Cardinals, meanwhile, are one of the NFL’s “it” teams thanks to Murray’s star power and eye-popping play. I don’t think the Lions are as bad as they’ve played this season, and particularly not on offense, where Golladay’s return should lift everyone around him. But I also don’t think the defense is suited to stop Murray, who’s dual-threat ability makes him one of the handful of best quarterbacks in the NFL. I see the Lions doing their part to keep this close early, but unless they force a couple turnovers — something they have not done a single time this year — I can’t see them pulling the upset on the road.